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    So how do I siphon gas (diesel fuel) out of my van

    My wife filled the car up with diesel fuel. I was going to siphon it but it seems like the filler hose is blocked.

    Just out of curiosity I stuck the hose in the G35 and had no problem getting gas. Nissan rulz
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    Siphoning is not enough to remove the diesel. You need to remove the tank to flush it completely. See the post by accordian in this thread for details on what needs to be done if you drove the van on diesel until the engine stopped.
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    Re: So how do I siphon gas (diesel fuel) out of my van

    Originally posted by alderran
    I was going to siphon it but it seems like the filler hose is blocked.

    Thats to prevent people from stealing your gas.

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    Re: Re: So how do I siphon gas (diesel fuel) out of my van

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    Thats to prevent people from stealing your gas.
    That's stupid how would they get the filler cap open? And if they bust my window to open the filler cap or break that open with a screw driver then who cares about the gas.

    I bought this siphon pump and was thinking that it would be more convenient to siphon gas into my 5 gallon gas jug rather than putting it in my car to drive to the gas station and risking spilling gas in the car.
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    Originally posted by davedrivesody
    Siphoning is not enough to remove the diesel. You need to remove the tank to flush it completely. See the post by accordian in this thread for details on what needs to be done if you drove the van on diesel until the engine stopped.
    Thanks for the link. The car still runs and I'm taking it to a local shop this morning. If it doesn't start I could practically roll it there.

    I talked to them yesterday and they think draining the tank and filling it with premium should do it.

    I'm hoping I don't need to do any of that other stuff. Definitely won't take it to the highway robbers (dealers)
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    I'd expect that you'd simply need to disconnect the fuel line at the engine and hotwire the fuel pump power supply to get it pumping continously until the diesel's gone. Then add 5 gals of fresh gasoline(to get you to the gas station) and fill it up the rest of the way.

    I don't think I'd drive it to a station for repairs, to avoid diesel getting to the fuel injectors.

    Note: the fuel pump won't get every drop of diesel out. That's why you are adding the 5 gallons of gasoline at the end. I'm pretty sure the van will run fine(no ill effects, on a 1:5 mix of diesel/gasoline).

    There's actually a connector(on 2002's) which allows easy powering of the fuel pump. I don't know what its like on a 2005.
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    Re: Re: Re: So how do I siphon gas (diesel fuel) out of my van

    Originally posted by alderran
    That's stupid how would they get the filler cap open? And if they bust my window to open the filler cap or break that open with a screw driver then who cares about the gas...
    You're assuming that thieves are reasonable people. They aren't. Breaking any gas cap costs them nothing. Busting a window to get a five dollar bill is no big deal to them. When gas hit $3.95 per gallon out here last year (probably higher in other places), there were incidents of thieves puncturing gas tanks all across the country, just to get at the fuel.

    How much fuel did you have in the tank prior to topping up with diesel? If the tank was pretty full to begin with, and it's still running on the current mix, Dad's plan should work for you.

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    The service station was down the street. I could have rolled it there. But it didn't really matter because my wife drove it about 20 miles. I don't know how she did it because it barely ran.

    Cost me $800 to get it fixed.

    New fuel pump, fuel filter, spark plugs, drain the tank and blow out the fuel lines.

    I still say blocking the fuel filler is retarded.

    If I look at the whole state of MA 99.9% of the places you aren't going to get fuel stolen. And if you live in one of those types of areas getting your fuel stolen is the least of your worries. Getting killed would be higher up on the list.

    Instead of having that stupid feature how about cup holders that work or door locks that lock when the vehicle starts moving, or interior lights that shut off automatically when your kids leave them on. The Chrysler minivans have these features.
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    Wow. $800? So, I guess the stealers would have been $1200 or so as you mentioned not going to one of those.

    It just occured to me that you could have tried pushing in a aluminium pipe or something and then route the hose to siphon gas through that. Just the same way the gas station nozzle pumps in gas. Would that have worked?

    On the bright side, its fixed now and you can enjoy the cup holderless ride now. The new gen of the vans have pretty ok cup holders (infact too many of 'em in 05 - 07) and the locks lock up if you get a EX-L (or might even be an EX and up) but no automatic shut off of the lights if kids turn 'em on yet.

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    That was my question...how did your wife do this? A diesel nozzle is huge. Same for farm diesel nozzles.

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    Originally posted by 0dyfamily
    That was my question...how did your wife do this? A diesel nozzle is huge. Same for farm diesel nozzles.

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    That's true for the most part. There are gas stations with nearly identical nozzles just the color is different and are even on the same pump (two nozzles coming out of the top) so its easy to make this mistake I guess if one's not paying attention.
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    I heard that WW :-)

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    Originally posted by sontakke
    I heard that WW :-)
    I can't believe I missed that.
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    Originally posted by dvpatel
    I can't believe I missed that.
    Me too

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